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Return of the Living Dead II (1988)

Return of the Living Dead: Part II (original title)
Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm.

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Aerobics Instructor (as Suzan Stadner)
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Colonel (as Jonathon Terry)
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Don Maxwell ...
Billy's Dad
Reynold Cindrich ...
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Philip Bruns ...
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In this first sequel to The Return of the Living Dead, a group of kids discover one of the drums containing a rotting corpse and release the 2-4-5 Trioxen gas into the air, causing the dead to once again rise from the grave and seek out brains. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Just when you thought it was safe to be dead. See more »

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15 January 1988 (USA)  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)

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$9,205,924 (USA)
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Despite having directed several horror pictures, director Ken Wiederhorn was not a fan of the horror genre. Many cast and crew members expressed in interviews that they were displeased with his lack of enthusiasm towards the project. See more »

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When Doc's car drives through the garage door and into the Zombies, a large crack is made in the windshield. The windshield is undamaged in all subsequent shots. See more »

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Jesse Wilson: Make my night.
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Followed by Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005) See more »

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Big Band B-Boy
Performed by Mantronix
Written by Kurtis Mantronik (as Mantronik) and Touré Embden (as M.C. Tee)
Produced by Kurtis Mantronik (as Mantronik)
Beach House Music
Recording courtesy of Sleeping Bag Records
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Completely and Totally Inane, but Wildly Entertaining
17 April 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I saw this on the Sci-Fi Channel yesterday, and I was meaning to rent it for a while, so I was glad I'd get a chance to see it. And despite how amazingly mindless this was, it was so entertaining, and kept my interest the whole duration of the film.

Young Jesse is going to be initiated into some club, led by bully and tough-guy Billy. They find a drum of toxic gas at the graveyard, and open it up, only for Billy to be covered in the stuff, and Jesse locked in the mortuary. Meanwhile, teenaged Johnny is leaving his ditzy girlfriend Brenda for a night to help out Ed, who needs to get the heads of some buried bodies for some museum or science lab, I don't remember. They find Jesse, who then escapes home, where his older teenage sister Lucy berates him for being out, and locks him in the room when the cable guy, teenaged Tom, shows up. This is all just the setup of characters when the gas from the drum escapes out into the graveyard, and even comes in contact with Ed and Johnny. Soon, zombies are rising up for fresh brains, and after the town is evacuated (except for the select few, who don't get away) and sealed off by the army, all hell breaks loose. With the help of Doc, next door to Jesse and Lucy, the handful of likable characters fights to escape and survive, all up to the surprisingly suspenseful climax.

This is by far one of the most brainless horror movies, seeing as that it has more comedy than horror, but my God, I could not get over how entertaining this really was. I mean, from start to finish, my interest was held. I liked all the characters, I laughed a few times, I was scared a few times, and really liked this. I recommend this, without a doubt, for anyone looking to just watch something fun and exciting, and not think, for about ninety minutes. Definitely rent, buy, or look out for this on TV. It's a great movie!


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